Before the Republican party could boot Congressman Rigell out of the party for pledging to vote for the libertarian candidate against Donald Trump, he quit the party.
â€œThe wheels were in motion to remove me, so I thought it best to resign,â€ Â â€œI understand and respect the partyâ€™s bylaws and how they apply to me.â€
It was rumored that the Virginia Beach Republican Committee was prepared at tonight’s meeting to remove Rigell from the Committee and the party for statements on which we previously posted.Â
Esmel Meeks, senior advisor to Rigell, issued this statement,
“Faced with the decision for President, in which the traditional choices are between two-lifelong Democrats in Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his conscience dictates that he votes for a fiscal conservative alternative, Governor Gary Johnson,”
“Because Scott refuses to support his party’s current nominee for President, the local committee was expected to revoke Congressman Rigell’s membership. Knowing that, Congressman Rigell resigned from the Virginia Beach Republican Party. While he is no longer a member of his local party unit, he remains a proud member of the Republican Party.
Congressman Rigell is not running for re-election.